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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Voodoo Ridge

Voodoo Ridge (Murder Mystery)
By David Freed
ISBN #978- 1579623555
The Permanent Press
288 Pages
Price $28.00
Rating 5-Stars

“An Action Packed Thriller”

Cordell Logan, a private flight instructor in Rancho Bonita, is taking some time off to remarry his ex-wife, Samantha. They are flying down to Lake Tahoe for the ceremony. However, a few miles out from the airport, Logan spots what he believes is the wing of an airplane that has crashed in Voodoo Ridge. Notifying the police upon arrival at the airport, he’s asked to lead a rescue team to the crash site. From here, things go decidedly wrong. They discover the plane had crashed in 1956, and the pilot was long dead, but another mystery is apparent: another body is present, one killed the day before, and something has been taken from the plane.

As the mystery deepens, Samantha is kidnapped, and Logan is forced by the kidnapper to fly the stolen package to Santa Maria, if he wants to see his Samantha alive again. Meanwhile he and the police have been searching for her, but nothing solid has surfaced. Then, he finds out what is in the package, and must make a decision that could well kill the woman he loves.

This was the third novel in the Cordell Logan series. Cordell is an ex-government assassin, trained in finding terrorists and eliminating them. He knows he will eventually catch up with the killer and kidnapper, and will kill him, if the police don’t stop him first. But his hands are sufficiently tied, as he can’t afford to put Samantha’s life in jeopardy by his own actions, and it appears he is under observation by the bad guys. The series has just been getting better, too. Now, there is a hint that Logan may become more active with his old unit again, which means we will be in for more fun and action. Highly recommended for a page turner.

Tom Johnson

Detective Mystery Magazine

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